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Saturday, February 2, 2008

Fourteen puppies thrown in dumpster, one survives

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» Thursday, Feb 14, 2008

Alleged: Michael Ray Howard

A man accused of throwing 14 puppies into a trash dumpster last month says he did so because he didn't want to care for the animals, court documents reveal.

Michael Ray Howard, 35, tossed the animals into a dumpster in Riverdale on Dec. 9, 2007. A short time later, all but one of the dogs was found dead. Two female workers noticed a tiny whimper coming from a cold dumpster behind their work place. The two women opened the dumpster door and found an oddly shaped garbage bag. When they opened the bag, to their horror, they found 13 dead Jack Russell Terriers and one struggling to survive.

According to court papers, Howard told police that he stuffed all 14 puppies into a heavy-duty plastic bag and left them in his back yard overnight to suffocate. The next morning, believing that the animals were dead, Howard reportedly tossed the bag into the dumpster.

It is unclear who the animals belonged to because Howard has not given the owner's identity to police.

Howard has pleaded not guilty to numerous animal cruelty charges.

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